Sun 7th Aug – Development XI v Catford & Cyphers

DULWICH 175-3 (39.4) beat CATFORD & CYPHERS 172 (37) by 7 wickets

An unbeaten century from Chris Stone guided a young Development Team containing nine teenagers to a fine win against a fairly experienced Catford & Cyphers eleven at the DSG on Sunday. The margin of victory might appear convincing, but the winning runs were scored with only two balls to spare.

The visitors won the toss and elected to take first knock in this 40 overs a side contest. Dulwich’s opening attack was rather wayward and Catford, despite losing one of their openers for a duck, had 37 runs on the board inside five overs. Gradually the Dulwich bowlers exercised greater control and wickets fell at regular intervals. However, their number four bat posed a real threat with a series of fine attacking strokes and so long as he was at the crease Catford were on course for a sizeable total. But U13 off-spinner Ben Hoffmann had the danger man caught at long on by Pat George for 59 and despite a frustrating ninth wicket stand, Dulwich eventually dismissed their opponents for a total of 172 in the 37th over.

U16 medium pacer Oscar Osmond captured the first two wickets and returned to take the last two as well, finishing with figures of 4-37. Robbie Matthews took 1-25, whilst the remaining wickets were shared by the three spinners, Jonny Stone (2-30) Pat George (2-32) and Ben Hoffmann (1-30).

Dulwich’s reply could not have got off to a worse start. Jonny Stone was bowled by the first ball of the innings, dashing any hopes of an opening stand with his elder brother. But Chris dug in in his usual solid style and found a more than useful ally in U14 Cormac Meade. Chris dominated the early scoring as the pair built a platform for victory but Cormac blossomed as the partnership grew and the run rate increased. Chris punished anything loose and glided past his half-century, whilst Cormac followed suit and hit seven boundaries before being caught behind for 44. Together they had put on a second wicket stand of 132, leaving Dulwich just 41 short of victory with ten overs remaining. Mario Lambrette hit a quick boundary but perished soon after, 136-3. Pat George then joined Chris Stone and the two 19-year-olds kept the score ticking over nicely as the target approached. Chris eventually reached his century, having also made a ton in the corresponding fixture last year, and when the final over started just two runs were required with Pat on strike. A few finger nails were chewed by his watching team-mates as Pat failed to make contact with the first three deliveries, but he hammered the fourth ball to the mid-wicket boundary for four and Dulwich were home and dry…. but only just!

Cormac Meade received the team’s Young Man of the Match award for his invaluable partnership with Chris Stone and his knock of 44 – his highest score in senior cricket. Well done, Cormac!

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